LONDON, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The GSMA today announced nominees for the 18th annual Global Mobile Awards. The winners will be presented on Tuesday, 26th February at the GSMA Mobile World Congress, in an afternoon ceremony hosted by one of the UK's best-loved writers, actors and comedians, David Walliams. In total, 158 nominees have been shortlisted for this year's Global Mobile Awards; the full list of nominees and awards categories can be found at www.globalmobileawards.com/nominees-2013/
"The GSMA warmly congratulates all the nominees announced today. The competition this year was of an exceptionally high quality, breaking all previous records," said Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. "Our judging panel has assessed well over 600 entries and nominations for the 37 awards, the largest ever number of honours to be presented at the Global Mobile Awards. It is a tremendous achievement to have been shortlisted and we look forward to recognising the winners at Mobile World Congress this month."
For 2013 the GSMA introduced several enhancements to the awards, such as the addition of the inaugural 'Connected Life Awards', and notable developments in the 'Best Mobile Technology' and 'Apps of the Year' categories. Thirty-two awards will be presented during the afternoon ceremony, which will begin at 2.30 pm in Hall 4, Conference Village, Auditorium 1, and will be open to all Global Mobile Awards nominees, Mobile World Congress Platinum, Gold and Silver Pass conference attendees and accredited press and analysts attending the Congress.
Also being awarded on Tuesday 26 th February are the expanded Government Leadership Awards, which recognise governments from around the world for their innovation and leadership in use of mobile technologies in the public sector; the presentation of these awards will take place at the Government Mobile Forum. The GSMA's prestigious Chairman's Award 2013 will be presented at the Leadership Summit on Monday 25 th February.The award for the 'Best New Mobile Handset, Device or Tablet at Mobile World Congress 2013' will be identified and selected from those on show at the event. The shortlist for this award will be announced on both Mobile World Live TV and the Global Mobile Awards website on 27 th February, with the winner being honoured in a live presentation on Mobile World Live TV the following day. The Global Mobile Awards 2013 host David Walliams shot to fame through his work, with co-creator Matt Lucas, on the television series "Little Britain " and later "Come Fly With Me ." "Little Britain " has won numerous international awards including three BAFTAs and has been shown in more than 100 countries. In addition to a wide variety of television, stage and film roles, David has worked tirelessly for various charities raising over £7 million, and in September 2011, he swam the length of the River Thames (140 miles) for Sports Relief, raising £1 million in the process. He has also authored a number of best-selling children's books and is a judge on " Britain's Got Talent." To select the nominees for the 2013 awards, more than 160 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the judging process. In addition, the chief technology officers of 14 mobile operators took part in judging the 'Outstanding Overall Mobile Technology' award, including CTOs from 3, Etisalat, KT, M1, Movistar, MTN, NTT DoCoMo, Optus, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Telstra, T-Mobile, VimpelCom and Vodafone.